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Carlton, Nebraska Tornado

June 5, 1908


Tornado in Nebraska Worse than at First Reported

Omaha. Neb., June 8 -- Reports from the scenes of Friday night's storm in southern Nebraska indicate that the conditions are even worse than first reported.  The death list will doubtless reach twenty-five or twenty-six, while the number of injured increase as reports of havoc wrought by the storm become known.....

Lester Carter, whose wife and children were killed near Madison is also expected to die....

Eight Nebraska towns suffered from the effects of the tornado, Geneva, Fairfield and Carleton being the worst wrecked.

The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI 8 Jun 1908


At Carleton five residences and two churches were destroyed, while a new school building and thirty houses were badly wrecked.  The home of Lester Carter was demolished and his wife and baby killed, while Carter himself and another child received possibly fatal injuries.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL 7 Jun 1908


List of the Known Dead

The list of the known dead and injured is as follows.... Mrs. Maud Carter and Baby Carter at Carleton ...

Fatally and Badly Hurt.

Fatally injured .... Press Bailey, Carleton...

Seriously injured .... Lester Carter and second child, Carleton.

The Iowa City Citizen, Iowa City, IA 8 Jun 1908



A revised list of the dead follows

Mrs. Maud Carter and baby Carter Carleton ...


Fatally injured

John Merrian and Press Bailey, Carleton...

The towns of Carleton Fairfield Deshler Shickley Geneva Franklin Ong and Riverton are among those visited by the storm and in no one of them did the elements spare life or property.

At Carleton five residences and two churches were utterly destroyed, while a new school building and thirty houses were badly wrecked.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL 7 Jun 1908


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